In the North East, there is a piece of art that is seen by more than one person every second. In total, that comes to more than 90,000 people in a day and 33 million people every year.
Visible from two large motorways, Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North is one of the most viewed works of art in the world. A mixture of industry, enterprise and culture, there’s plenty to say about the North East. Watch this space.
The North West boasts a rich cultural heritage. The Lake District’s beauty inspired Wordsworth and Coleridge to write some of their most famous poetry. Manchester gave us the Smiths and Oasis.
And Liverpool gave us some band called the Beatles. The North West continues to excite and inspire us. Read more of our favourite stories from the region here soon.
The East of the UK is the home of many famous, yet familiar things that we take for granted. St Alban’s has seen its fair share of history since the Romans first settled there nearly 2,000 years ago. It’s also thought to the be place where that Easter staple, the hot cross bun, was created in Medieval Britain as food for the poor.
Most people know Cambridge as the haunt of countless thinkers and their inventions. Probably the university’s most famous living graduate, Stephen Hawking grew up in the region, too. So we have Eastern England to thank for the theory of space and time as we know it.
No pressure, then.
Midlands legend Dame Barbara Cartland still holds the record for most novels written in a year. The region is the birthplace of Shakespeare and the inspiration for Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice, and its sewer was the filming location of the iconic underground tunnel car chase from The Italian Job.
When the Midlands produces something, it’s always the biggest and the best it can be. Read more of the biggest and best stories from the Midlands here.
The white cliffs of Dover are an iconic part of the British landscape, and they have connected us to the rest of the world for centuries. Julius Caesar tried and failed to land there in 55 BC. On a clear day, you can see them from France, across the Channel.
This is an historic part of the British coast. From the Battle of Hastings to Brighton’s famous Pavilion and Pier, the South East has many stories to tell. Read them all here.
It’s difficult to sum up London’s reputation and history in just a few words. Especially when Samuel Johnson has already done it so well. London is unlike any other city in the world in terms of its diversity, culture and history.
Travel around the city and you take a trip through time, from the city’s Medieval roots, through to Shakespeare’s London, via Queen Victoria’s monuments and palaces, right up to the present day. We’ll be sharing all the latest London stories here.
The South is a region famous for its coastal towns. Southampton in particular has had a rich history as the starting point of many famous journeys. The Mayflower set sail for America from Southampton port, as did the Titanic.
The iconic Spitfire aeroplane made its first flight from Southampton airport on March 5th 1936, and was constructed nearby. The South has always marked the start of something great. Read all about it here.
The South West is a foodie’s paradise. It’s the home of Cheddar cheese, Devon cream teas, freshly-caught crab, Cornish pasties and cider. The region’s many seaside towns are a hotspot for summer treats.
In a year, an average 750,000 ice creams are bought on Bournemouth’s seven miles of seafront. Come back to this page for more regional stories and updates.
So says one of Scotland’s most famous exports, the comedian Billy Connolly. The Scottish sense of humour is wry, dry and famously self-deprecating – when they’re not keeping the rest of us on our toes.
It’s no wonder, really. After all, comedy’s spiritual home is the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe festival. Keep coming back to this page for news (and chuckles) about all things Scotland.
Northern Ireland has a very special set of quirks that its people wear with pride. If one statement sums up this mixture of regional pride and ironic self-awareness, it has to be the football chant ‘we’re not Brazil, we’re Northern Ireland’.
The only place in the world where Game of Thrones employs more people than the civil service, Northern Ireland has plenty of unique stories to tell. Here’s where we’ll be sharing our favourites.
In 1897, the world’s first ever radio message was transmitted in Wales, from Lavernock Point. It only travelled three miles, but this one little message would change the face of communication forever. Appropriately, the message said: “Are you ready?”
Wales has been the site of great achievements and the birthplace of countless famous people, from Dylan Thomas to Tom Jones, via Tommy Cooper and Gareth Bale. Wales will go on being a place of great things, and when it does, we’ll be talking about it.